HILL: Don’t mess with the political gods of retributive justice 

Former President Donald Trump appears in court for his arraignment, Tuesday, April 4, 2023, in New York. Trump surrendered to authorities ahead of his arraignment on criminal charges stemming from a hush money payment to a porn actor during his 2016 campaign. (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool)

When political partisans do something really out of the ordinary, they usually pay for it in spades down the road and then wish they had never done it. 

New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg may think he is doing “the right thing” by indicting former President Donald Trump for what is essentially a campaign finance violation. 

He and the ultra-left socialist Democrats may live to regret it. When “doing the right thing” is replaced by political expediency, the political Gods of Retributive Justice become enraged ― and they come back with a vengeance on the perpetrators. 

President Gerald Ford issued an unconditional pardon to Richard Nixon after he resigned from the presidency in 1974 “for any crimes he may have committed as president.” Ford understood if he didn’t issue the pardon, the “long national nightmare” of Watergate would linger on like a mustard gas cloud on American politics and further poison an already-poisonous environment. 

It was the right thing to do. Ford barely lost the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter ― but his integrity and honor remained intact. He understood prosecution of a former president would open up the doors to every president being indicted on some charge or another to satisfy political partisan animus. 

Republicans thought they had a great political advantage in January 1998 when it came to light that Monica Lewinsky had an affair with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office. Despite warnings to the contrary that this did not add up to the definition of “treason” in the Constitution, Republicans impeached Clinton anyway hoping to build up massive majorities in the 1998 midterm elections. 

It was the wrong thing to do. The Gods of Retributive Politics were not amused. They made the Republicans pay for their overreach. 

The GOP lost five net seats in Congress instead of picking up 50 as some had hoped. Republicans somehow had found a way to be the only people in the country who could make Clinton a sympathetic figure at the time. His approval ratings kept rising until the end of his presidency in 2000, and he somehow remained popular after he left the White House. 

In 2013, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked the so-called “nuclear option” to confirm federal district appeals court judges. More than 100 liberal judges were confirmed by the U.S. Senate by simple majority vote instead of having to get 60 votes to end filibusters as had been Senate precedent since 1975 ― before then, the hurdle to close debate was 67 votes to insure moderation and compromise in the nominating process. 

Reid lived long enough to see the severe ramifications of his boneheaded decision when President Donald Trump nominated and confirmed three staunch conservatives to the U.S. Supreme Court for lifetime appointments. Had Reid heeded Republican advice and Senate procedure, none of Trump’s Supreme Court justices probably would have been confirmed. 

Reid made a Faustian bargain with the Devil for political expediency’s sake ― and the Gods of Retributive Justice repaid the Democrat Party with the Dobbs decision in 2022. 

On a local state level, DA Bragg might find himself disbarred and drummed from office for bringing specious charges against a former president as former Durham DA Mike Nifong was destroyed in the aftermath of the Duke lacrosse case. Not only was Nifong disbarred for pursuing a flawed case for his political purposes, but he was also charged with a $180 million judgment brought by Duke lacrosse team members and is apparently living in a van down by the Eno River somewhere. 

Don’t sit next to Bragg if a lightning storm comes up. The Gods of Retributive Justice may have him in their sights next. 

President Joe Biden and his son are now almost certain to be charged with various crimes regarding their business dealings with China ― most likely at 12:05 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2025, after he leaves the White House following the inauguration of our next president. 

Bragg and the crowing left might be making a martyr out of Trump as they continue to use the judicial process as a political weapon to punish only Republicans, not Democrats. 

The Gods of Retributive Justice will not be trifled with. They may get Trump reelected just to show the Democrats who remains the boss of electoral politics.